Application Requirements

Grand View welcomes a growing number of international students each year from many different countries.

International students may apply and be considered for admission to all undergraduate, four-year baccalaureate degree programs and the master’s program in sport management and social work. Students must maintain full-time enrollment in all programs, defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate programs and a minimum of nine credit hours per semester for the graduate program.

Grand View must receive all of the items listed on the application checklist before a student is considered for admission. The deadline for receipt of all materials to start the fall semester is June 1 and December 1 to start for the spring semester.

Please send all required materials to:

Grand View University Admissions Office
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50316

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Flippen or toll-free in the United States at (515) 263-2899.

International Application Checklist

  1. Complete a free online application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts. Applicants who have not earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must submit official high school (secondary school) transcripts. If secondary school/college coursework from a foreign institution has been completed, the official transcript must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation agency such as WES or InCred (if athlete). All documents must be translated into English and sent from the academic institution when using an agency such as WES or InCred.

  3. Official SAT or ACT scores may not be required for international students to be considered for admission to Grand View University. However, scores may be necessary to be considered for certain academic scholarships or in determining athletic eligibility. Please consult with athletic coach or international admissions staff with regard to these requirements. For SAT reporting purposes, our code is 6251 and the website is For ACT reporting purposes, our code is 1316 and the website is

  4. All international applicants are required to submit an English Proficiency Exam unless you reside in a country where English is the ONLY official language. Exam results must be less than two years old.

    International students transferring from a U.S. College: The English proficiency requirement can be waived if you earned English credit at an appropriate level with a grade of B or better from an accredited US two-year or four-year college or university.

    Option Minimum Score or Grade Required Grand View University Code
    TOEFL 69 6215
     IELTS 6.0 overall score
    w/ all sub scores 5.5 or above
    No Code
    Duolingo English Test (DET) 95 overall score No Code
    PTE  48 overall score No Code
  5. Declaration of Financial Resources. Demonstrate on the Official Certification of Finances (PDF) form that you have adequate financial resources to cover the estimated annual expense budget. This form will be given to the student by the international admissions counselor. Current bank statements must also be submitted along with the financial form.

  6. Provide a copy of passport and/or photo ID. The I-20 needs to match the passport/ID exactly.

  7. Complete and submit a SEVIS transfer clearance form.

Download Undergraduate Checklist

Download Master in Sport Management Checklist

Download Master in Social Work Checklist

Financial Documentation

International students must also complete Grand View University's Immigration Status/Application for Form I-20, which you'll gain access to after submitting your application. This form will provide us with biographical information, an affidavit of support, and financial sponsor information we need in order to issue the Form I-20 in the Department of Homeland Security SEVIS information system. Once you receive an I-20 from Grand View University, you must pay the SEVIS fee of $350 and schedule an appointment to meet with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for a visa.

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